$40,000 boost for facilities at local schools

Posted on March 2, 2021
  • Funding will be delivered by a re-elected McGowan Labor Government
  • $30,000 for lighting at South Kalgoorlie Primary School
  • $5,000 for astroturfing the kindy and pre-primary area at Hannans Primary School
  • $5,000 towards a new nature playground at O’Connor Primary School

Three improvement projects for local public primary schools will be delivered under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government and WA Labor Candidate for Kalgoorlie Ali Kent.

South Kalgoorlie Primary School will receive $30,000 for a project to install lighting around their school oval – allowing the school to host events in the late afternoon and evening, students to attend sports training, and the potential for the school to hire out the oval to community sports groups, offering an alternative all-hours outdoor venue for our community.

Hannans and O’Connor primary schools will also both receive funding of $5,000 to improve their play areas.

Hannans’ funding will allow the school to install astroturf in its shared kindergarten/pre-primary area – solving an ongoing issue raised by the school’s P&C where lawn will not grow in the area.

At O’Connor, a nature playground project will be delivered for students. The $5,000 contribution by a re-elected McGowan Labor Government builds on the $20,000 already fundraised by the P&C.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“These projects will improve South Kalgoorlie, Hannans and O’Connor primary schools’ sports and play areas, making school more enjoyable and engaging for local students.

“It is so important that young people have positive experiences with our education system from an early age, to instil a thirst for learning and encourage them to seek opportunities in further education and training as they grow up.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate Ali Kent:

“These projects mean a lot to each local school in the Goldfields that the funding is supporting.

“It has been fantastic working with each school group to make sure projects which really need funding are getting the support they need.”

Comments attributed to an O’Connor Primary P&C spokesperson:

“We understand the importance of our physical environment reflecting the geographical, cultural and community context of our school.

“Having a Nature Play area at our school will help us to physically demonstrate respect for the land where our learning is taking place and also provide opportunities to draw on the expertise of some of our families to help students understand the importance of caring for country and the impact humans are having on the environment.”